As is not surprising for a show made up of songs rejected from previous playlists, many old favorites hit the turn table on this two-hour supershow. The Rolling Stones are either “finished” or they’re “the greatest rock and roll band in the world”: either way Bob has played only two artists more. They’re now up to 9 spins—that’s once every 11 shows. Van Morrison also made the leap to 9 plays this time. Bob Wills got his 8th outing, probably more airtime than he has received in 50 years. Bob does love those Sun Studios alums: both Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis achieved their 7th plays this week. Billie Holiday got her 6th play, and Wanda Jackson entered another kind of Hall of Fame with 5 Theme Time plays, as did Big Joe Turner.
Reaching the first step to Dylan sanctification with three Theme Time plays each are Clarence Ashley, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Betty Carter, Bing Crosby, Ike Turner (with some help from the incendiary Tina), and Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Despite publicly threatening to stand on his host’s furniture wearing his boots, Steve Earle got his very first play this week. And, approaching what seems to be the last show of Season Three, I report without comment that George Jones has not been played a single time this season.
Most Played Seasons 1-3
Shows 1- 99 03MAY06 till 9 APRIL09:
: 10x: Tom Waits and Dinah Washington
: 9x : Elvis Costello, George Jones, Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones
: 8x : James Brown, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Frank Sinatra, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams Sr, and Bob Wills
: 7x : Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Buddy Johnson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buck Owens, Prince Buster, Porter Wagoner, Sonny Boy Williamson II
: 6x : The Drifters, The Everly Brothers, Slim Gaillard, Merle Haggard, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Charlie Parker, and Howlin’ Wolf
: 5x : June Christy, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Doug Sahm & Sir Douglas Quintet, Duke Ellington, Wanda Jackson, JB Lenoir, Smiley Lewis, Little Walter, Los Lobos, Loretta Lynn, Randy Newman, Elvis Presley, The Stanley Brothers, Big Joe Turner
: 4x : Mose Allison, David Alvin, Chuck Berry, The Carter Family, The Clash, Nat King Cole, Ry Cooder, Bob Dorough, Lefty Frizzell, Wynonie Harris, The Kinks, Professor Longhair, The Louvin Brothers, Joni Mitchell, Bill Monroe, NRBQ, Charlie Parker, Charlie Poole, Louis Prima, Jimmie Rodgers, Memphis Slim, Bessie Smith, The Sons of the Pioneers, Joe Strummer, Irma Thomas, and Fats Waller
: 3x : Clarence Ashley, Hank Ballard, Count Basie, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Milton Brown, Ruth Brown, Betty Carter, Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell, The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Sam Cooke, Bing Crosby, Miles Davis, Dave Edmunds, The Enchanters, Dizzy Gillespie, The Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, The Ink Spots, Elmore James, Etta James, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Leadbelly, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Joe Liggins and the Honeydrippers, Lovin’ Spoonful, Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Marvellettes, [Toots &] The Maytals, Johnny Mercer, Memphis Minnie, The Mississippi Sheiks, Ennio Morricone, Harry Nilsson, Roy Orbison, Johnny Otis, Johnny Paycheck, Hank Penny, Carl Perkins, Webb Pierce, Charlie Rich, Otis Redding, Lou Reed, The Robins, Nina Simone, Red Simpson, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, Warren Smith, The Staple Singers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ike Turner, Conway Twitty, Johnny Tyler, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Billy Ward and the Dominoes, Tex Williams, Peter Wolf, Bobby Womack and Stevie Wonder.